Tough Issues of Christianity – Homosexuality

One of the most challenging issues facing society today is homosexuality. The role and status of gays pervades politics, challenges employers (especially regarding benefit programs) and causes great dissension within communities. This topic is a hot button in elections and appointments of public officials.

Hot secular issues in dealing with homosexuality in the US include gay marriage and the “Don’t ask, don’t tell” policy in the US military.

Homosexuality is also a very challenging issue for the Christian church. How is the church to deal with people leading alternative lifestyles?

Hot issues within the Body of Christ centering on homosexuality include such things as ordination of gay clergy, acceptance of gays as members of churches and sexual abuse.

It is extremely difficult to determine what proportion of the population is gay. The oft quoted 10% traces its roots to the Kinsey Studies of the 1940’s. Estimates (or studies) range from less than 1% to as high as 25%. There is great debate, even among social scientists as to whether homosexuality is an inborn trait, nurtured during childhood or simply a choice.

As Christians, this is not a topic we can ignore. But how do we handle it?

The purpose of this blog is to address questions/issues we face as Christians when dealing with homosexuality. While recognizing that many have very strong feeling about this topic, let’s approach it in a positive, building way. Gay bashing will not be allowed in comments to this blog!

Here are some questions dealing with homosexuality and the Christianity:

Is the church homophobic?

How do we address the separation of church and state?

What does scripture say about homosexuality?

How should scripture be interpreted in light of modern cultural practices?

Is there a legitimate role for gays in the church?

What is the legitimate role and status of marriage in both the secular and Christian realms?

As individual Christians, how are we to treat homosexuals?

Again, this IS NOT a place for gay bashing, but an opportunity to approach one of the most challenging issues we now face in a positive manner.

Your responses will be greatly appreciated.

Shalom, Art

Alive in The Word

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12 Responses to Tough Issues of Christianity – Homosexuality

  1. Steven Sawyer says:

    Wow! This IS a difficult issue for us to discuss. Thank you for bringing it to the forefront here:
    Is the church homophobic?
    How do we address the separation of church and state? This is a whole other discussion for another day.

    What does scripture say about homosexuality? As I read the Bible, homosexuality is an abomination to God Here are a few scriptures on the topic: You shall not lie with a male as with a woman; it is an abom­i­na­tion. Leviti­cus 18:22 If a man lies with a male as with a woman, both of them have com­mit­ted an abom­i­na­tion; they shall surely be put to death; their blood is upon them. Leviti­cus 20:13. Do you not know that the unright­eous will not inherit the king­dom of God? Do not be deceived: nei­ther the sex­u­ally immoral, nor idol­aters, nor adul­ter­ers, nor men who prac­tice homo­sex­u­al­ity, 10nor thieves, nor the greedy, nor drunk­ards, nor revil­ers, nor swindlers will inherit the king­dom of God. 1 Corinthi­ans 6:9–10

    How should scripture be interpreted in light of modern cultural practices? In my view, modern cultural practices regard scripture as fiction and myth. This is also a discussion for another day.

    Is there a legitimate role for gays in the church? Not as gays. No. For homosexuals who deny themselves, take up their cross daily and follow Jesus, yes, I believe there are roles they can play. But if they keep the commandments of God, they would not practice homosexuality.

    What is the legitimate role and status of marriage in both the secular and Christian realms? Marriage in God’s eyes can only happen between one man and one woman.

    As individual Christians, how are we to treat homosexuals? We are to love everyone. To God every single life is precious.

    Again, this IS NOT a place for gay bashing, but an opportunity to approach one of the most challenging issues we now face in a positive manner.

  2. rickroehm says:

    The power of a living Christ that comes from the Gopspel is beautiful! If a homosexual takes hold of the person of Christ…the power of God will convert that homosexual right on the spot. The transgression will be forgiven and the heart and life will be morally changed. This individual (or any criminal) in the eyes of God…can become the righteousness of God in Christ…right on the spot . That’s what the power Gospel preaching does. The Gospel converts sinners into children of God. Homosexuals, Transexuals, bisexuals, lesbians…makes no difference. No sin to big for the power of the Gospel…that brings Christ our Savior into the human soul. Glory! Christ is alive and converting sinners into children of God …just like the Apostle Paul! Right on the spot!

  3. speaklife1 says:

    It’s a mistake to downplay an issue that has such serious and eternal consequences. If God were to wink at man’s sins, then He would not be the One True God and there would have been no need for His son Yeshua/Jesus to die.

    As God’s children we must remember that we are dealing with people who have no concept of the True and Living God that we serve. They are very much consumed by their carnal thoughts and desires which is the kind of deception that Satan uses to lull people into self-centeredness and pull them away from the knowledge of God.

    We must also be careful not to become caught up in worldly wisdom and the cares of this world; we are warned of this in:
    James 4:4
    You adulterous people, don’t you know that friendship with the world means enmity against God? Therefore, anyone who chooses to be a friend of the world becomes an enemy of God.

    • ptl2010 says:

      Jesus showed us how He hated the sin but loved the sinner. We must follow His example. We must not condone sin but yes we will love the sinner to God as He gives us wisdom and discernment to do so.

      • speaklife1 says:

        Yes, of course I agree with you….I hope that my comments aren’t being taken as harsh or judgmental….I am not that way at all.
        The Lord has given me the wonderful ability to minister His Word in Truth without wounding others…..it is most evident in face to face interactions.
        I find that when you tell people the Truth and walk in Love, even if it may sting a bit….they will come back later and thank you for “giving it to them straight”.

  4. writinggomer says:

    Luke 6:31 does indeed tell us to treat others as we want to be treated.
    Luke 6:31 Do to others as you would have them do to you.

    So when I (we) say that homosexuality is wrong because God’s word says so, that is not an attack against anyone, it is simply telling the truth. Our basis for truth is the Word of God. God’s word says in Leviticus 18:22 ” ‘Do not lie with a man as one lies with a woman; that is detestable. This plainly says a male should not be with another male, it is wrong because God said so.

    Homosexuality is a sin, that does not mean that person is a bad person…it means that that person is committing a sin. Maybe people who are homosexual can’t stop themselves, that may be true. That being said, if that same person embraces Jesus Christ as Savior and Lord, through Jesus even this sin can be stopped. God can and does change all things, no sin is to hard for Him to remove from a person.

    A true Christian is not placing himself or herself “above” others. If sin can’t be confronted by that person without a “holier then thou” attitude, then it should not be done by that person. The truth needs to be spoken in love. Truth can’t be based on what society says, because society will change it’s story at any time to suit itself…how can that be truth? Truth must be based on the Word of God…yes it is old…very old. That is in itself one reason for it’s validity. There are no other documents in all of history that have so many copies as the bible does. There are no other books in the world that have so many copies, and the copies agree with each other in content, in other words, the copies are very accurate. No other book dares to predict the future…and gets it right.

    God defined marriage, one man, one woman.

    The church should not be homophobic, that is wrong. Jesus says to love your neighbor, He did not say love your neighbor…but not if they are homosexual. They should certainly be allowed to come to church and hear the word of God and be surrounded by God fearing people. Homosexuals should not lead a church or be in a position of authority, my opinion.

    How do we treat them…with love. My former brother-in-law was a homosexual. He knew I did not approve of his lifestyle. However, he was a great guy, I really liked the man. That lifestyle is sinful, that does not mean that we can’t be decent to a person that lives that lifestyle.

  5. Mark says:

    It’s not hormonal, I’m a big healthy guy who lifts weights. My testosterone levels are fine. Take a random cross-section of gays or lesbians and virtually none of them will attribute their sexuality to choice. Sexual attraction is a biological imperative and as we all know our individual drives can be very powerful. The point is, with any kind of sexuality, it simply cannot be altered from outside influences. The proof lies here in this simple test: date a lemon meringue pie. See? You can’t. So you see how utterly redundant it is to persecute or moralise about consenting adults who are not harming anyone else. I often wish people who subscribe to organised religions would stop obsessing about what other people do in bed, and divert their energies into more worthwhile pursuits like preserving the planet.

    • ptl2010 says:

      Mark, it is not what people say that is important. It is what God says in His Word.
      Eve and Adam did not obey God and they sinned and brought the whole human race into sin. We need to know what God’s Word says about homosexuality and obey it – man may excuse but God does not because His Word does not change. We need to live by His Word and remind each other to do so in love. May God help us all who cannot help ourselves to obey His Word that we may not sin against Him. He has sent us the Holy Spirit to help and strengthen us to obedience – may we yield to His leading and no other.

      • Mark says:

        We know in our hearts when we are using ancient beliefs as a license to persecute others. Everyone knows the difference between wrong and right: it says in the Bible, ‘treat others as you would be treated yourself’ which is really the only reference point we need on any moral compass. People often use their religions to point the finger at others in order to raise their own perceived moral status and achieve some piety. It’s usually driven by guilt: those who shout the loudest have the most to hide. It’s an ancient teaching taken from The Book of Common Sense.

  6. granbee says:

    I fully support all of the teachings presented by speaklife1 above! For me, I am always careful to support those who may be born with more or less of certain hormones which may make them “predisposed” to be homosexual or lesbian. They did not create themselves with this body chemistry. What they choose to DO with this biochemical profile is what determines whether they are abiding by scriptural teachings or not! We as a church around the world should NEVER be “homophobic” in the sense that we repel those from our altars who simply present an apparent (I emphasize “apparent”) set of bodily characteristics which may seem homosexual or lesbian to the eye! These people often live celibate lives and provide much service to Christianity IF properly accepted at HIS altar! We should pray most fervently for discernment on these matters!

  7. speaklife1 says:

    Thank you for bringing this subject to our attentions….it is something that must be addressed and dealt with by the people of God.

    I believe we must first ask ourselves if we believe the Word of God in its entirety or not (Faith); we must then ask ourselves do we Love God?

    Hebrews 11:6
    But without faith it is impossible to please him: for he that cometh to God must believe that he is, and that he is a rewarder of them that diligently seek him.
    (What is the reward?….Truth!)

    And so the reality of the issue of homosexuality is that it is a sin against God and man. People don’t want to accept the reality that God created man and has an Eternal Plan for us in His Kingdom, that requires us to walk in His ways and live by His Commandments; yet there is the constant struggle between the Spirit and the flesh, that we (even God’s people) have yet to overcome! So, it’s easier to reject the Word of God because it isn’t convenient for what our flesh wants.

    But the Word of God says:

    Leviticus 18:22 CJB
    “‘You are not to go to bed with a man as with a woman; it is an abomination.

    Leviticus 20:13 CJB
    If a man goes to bed with a man as with a woman, both of them have committed an abomination; they must be put to death; their blood is on them.

    All fornication is sin and so the world has defined homosexuality or heterosexuality as “who you choose to sleep with”…..I didn’t say it…..Christianity didn’t say it…..the secular world said it and the world deems it’s views as the “freedom” and “right” of every person to choose whatever lifestyle he/she wants to live.

    So now we have Christians and other religious faiths wanting to take a kinder, gentler and affirming approach to an issue that God said is an abomination and it is wicked.

    We are to speak the Truth in Love to everyone….but too many of God’s people are reluctant, even afraid to stand on God’s Word of Truth….they don’t want to offend anyone or they are now rethinking if God’s Truth is absolute….Father forgive us!

    There is no fear of God. Even among Christians…..they don’t want to hear about a Holy God who is a Righteous Judge, who has given commands for us to live by and serve Him; and if anyone, such as myself and others speak what is the Truth….we are demonized….when, in fact, any thoughts or ideas or judgments outside of God’s Word are from Satan, who is the prince of this world; remember there are powers, principalities, rulers of darkness who brood over this world taking captive every man, woman and child that doesn’t give themselves over to Yeshua/Jesus Christ….mark my words.
    Proverbs 17:15 CJB
    He who justifies the wicked and he who condemns the righteous -both alike are an abomination to ADONAI.

    So now we must ask ourselves this: Should we believe God’s Word or what the world says about homosexuality?

    On the matter of marriage: It is a Holy Covenant that God instituted for man & woman which reflects the relationship He desires between Himself and His People.

    If we allow the agenda of men & women who reject and hate God, to overpower us and bring us to a state of subjection, then we have already lost the battle.

    To go with the flow….is to yourself reject God and make the sacrifice of Yeshua/Jesus Christ have no effect.
    Romans 3:3
    For what if some did not believe? shall their unbelief make the faith of God without effect?

    Finally, Jesus said: “If you love me, keep my commandments”

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